MS (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

! A Quiet Word To Poetry Teachers

The poet means
what the poet said;
look for the 'meaning'
and the poem's dead.

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Comments (4)

Concise, articulate and sooooo true. How many students hate Shakespeare because they are forced to 'study' his poetry at school. Fortunately for me, I new and loved Shakespeare before the literature mistress asked me for the 'meaning'. By then, it didn't matter - I was already 'hooked'. love, Allie xxxx
Spot on. But of course it isn't approached that way. It always irritates me (HUGELY- imagine, tee hee) that teachers are supposed to encourage students to deconstruct poems to indicate 65 million different intentions of the poet. Face value, I say, and approve heartily of this succinct piece - it is going straight onto the Lever Arch files with which I kindly supply students! t x
There's no denying what this poet said! I can see this as a subject for a class debate! Kind regards. Justine
100% Michael very well said it is the individual who is the poet and no one has the right to speak otherwise! !